Join a host of great poets, and somebody pretending to be me (I will be away, sad to say) for a special poetry event during National Poetry Month, where Canadian poets representing many of the nation’s best publishers will read poems on human rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Hosted by Charlene Diehl, Director, Thin Air Festival and Tightrope Books publisher Jim Nason, the opening ceremony will be led by Connie Merasty of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba.

Poets include Katherine Bitney, Kerry Ryan, Jonathan Ball (well, somebody else reading my poems) Karen Press, Meira Cook, Clarise Foster, Lori Cayer, Marilyn Dumont, Catherine Hunter, Garry Thomas Morse and others.

Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Event: Meet Me In The Middle/Write on Rights
Sponsor: Tightrope Books
Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Location: 85 Israel Asper Way
Winnipeg, MB

The ChiSeries is back in April with a never-before poetry edition! Each poet has been “commissioned” to compose a special piece for the evening, plus there will be a live paint spectacular with GMB Chomichuk during the readings.

Mark it in your calendars as a means to celebrate the (hopefully) abolished Winter! Chadwick Ginther will be on hand to host, most likely with another famous novelty belt buckle, because of reasons.

As always, the event is FREE to the public and will take place in the Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers at 7 PM. The ChiSeries is a non-profit reading series that pays all readers for their time, and is largely donation run.

Date: April 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: ChiSeries Winnipeg reading with Ariel Gordon, Adam Petrash, GMB Chomichuk, and Chadwick Ginther
Sponsor: The Chiaroscuro Reading Series
Venue: McNally Robinson
Location: Winnipeg, MB

From the Prairie Fire press release:

We’re so excited to let you know about SPEAKING VOLUMES, our 23rd annual fundraising gala on Saturday, May 9. Each year we host SPEAKING VOLUMES with the purpose of engaging our community in supporting us to raise funds for our student Practicum Program in Publishing, Communication and Leadership.

This year SPEAKING VOLUMES features award-winning writers Margaret Sweatman and Jonathan Ball. Please join us on Saturday, May 9 at Fort Gibraltar, 866 rue St. Joseph in old St. Boniface and hear readings by these two amazing writers.

The evening starts with cocktails and voyageur-style hatchet throwing at 6 pm and is followed by a fabulous dinner and readings by our special guests. This event also features an amazing collection of Rainbow and Silent Auction prizes, including the work of renowned artists Aganetha Dyck and Bryan Scott. You’ll also meet this year’s wonderfully talented practicum students Melissa McIvor and Jena Morris-Boissonneault.

SPEAKING VOLUMES will be held at Fort Gibraltar, 866 rue St. Joseph in old St. Boniface. Tickets are $70 (a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price). Cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner is at 7 pm and readings begin at 8 pm.

Tickets are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers, from Prairie Fire’s board of directors, and from Prairie Fire Press at 423-100 Arthur Street. For tickets and information call (204) 943-9066, or email us at You can also purchase tickets at

Tickets are limited, so please order yours today!

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Date: May 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event: Speaking Volumes (Prairie Fire fundraiser) with Margaret Sweatman
Sponsor: Prairie Fire
Venue: Fort Gibraltar
Location: 866 rue St. Joseph in old St. Boniface
Winnipeg, MB

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Date: February 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: The Shadow Over Portage & Main
Venue: McNally Robinson Booksellers
Location: Grant Park Mall
Winnipeg, MB

Join me for a talk on the relationship between recent experimental poetry and comedy, which frames Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Poetry (co-edited with Ryan Fitzpatrick and published by Insomniac Press).

I will also share the two poems I most wanted to include in the book, but could not! Secrets will unveil themselves!

Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Event: "Why Poetry Sucks"
Sponsor: Department of English, University of Winnipeg
Venue: 1L04 Lockhart Hall
Location: 515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
Public: Public

Don’t miss the Winnipeg launch of Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Poetry (Insomniac Press) at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson! Featuring readings by contributors Annharte, Maurice Mierau, Colin Smith and a smattering of other selections read by co-editor Jonathan Ball.

Date: September 29, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Event: Winnipeg Launch of Why Poetry Sucks
Sponsor: Insomniac Press
Venue: McNally Robinson Booksellers
Location: Winnipeg, MB

Thrilled to be launching my academic monograph, John Paizs’s Crime Wave, at the Toronto International Film Festival! Don’t miss the book launch at 6 p.m. (at the Beverly Hotel). Please RSVP by Sept. 10 (see the invite photo) if you plan to attend the book launch.

Afterward, go to the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema at 9 p.m. for a rare screening of this unavailable film! Many, many thanks to TIFF, my publisher, University of Toronto Press, the Winnipeg Film Group, and of course John Paizs!



Date: September 12, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event: TIFF launch of John Paizs's Crime Wave
Venue: Beverly Hotel
Location: 335 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON

TIFF is celebrating Crime Wave! Don’t miss one of Canada’s best, and funniest, cult classics. I’ll be in attendance also, helping to introduce the film and to answer questions, since I quite literally wrote the book on Crime Wave.

Date: September 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Event: Crime Wave at the Toronto International Film Festival
Sponsor: TIFF / University of Toronto Press
Venue: TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 4 - Paul & Leah Atkinson Family Cinema
Location: Toronto, ON

Thrilled to be the featured reader at Speaking Crow this month! After I read, there will be an open mic, so feel free to bring along up to three minutes of your own poetry. Admission is free.

Date: July 8, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Event: Free Poetry Reading at Speaking Crow
Sponsor: Speaking Crow
Venue: Millennium Library
Location: 251 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3P5
Public: Public